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Gates: Libya War Not a Vital US Interest


Speaking Sunday on Meet the Press, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates shrugged off the notion that Libya posed any threat to the United States before last weekend’s attack, and confirmed that the war is not a “vital” American interest.

Rather Gates said the US had some interests in the region (notably Egypt) and was concerned that the refugees from Libya might have destabilized Egypt and Tunisia. Large numbers of refugees have fled the nation, and have continued to do so since the US war began.